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Did Melania Break Immigration Laws in Her Modeling Days?

Politico investigation raises questions that could cause her legal grief

(Newser) - The New York Post has been going to town publishing not-safe-for-work photos of Melania Trump from her early modeling days, but it's the timeline behind those images that's now raising more eyebrows. Politico backtracks through Trump's progression from Slovenian visitor to US citizen, noting dates that place... More »

As Refugee Crisis Expands, Europe Plans National Quotas

Some 1.8K migrants have died this year in journey across Mediterranean

(Newser) - The Mediterranean region has been grappling with a huge influx of migrants traveling from the Libyan coast to Europe, and the effects have been devastating : So far, some 60,000 people have attempted the crossing this year, per the UN, and more than 1,800 have died, the BBC reports.... More »

Difference Between Expat, Immigrant? How White You Are

These 'hierarchical words' have got to go: Mawuna Remarque Koutonin

(Newser) - When you see mention of Americans or Europeans living on shores that aren't their own, you inevitably see them referred to as "expatriates." But when you see mention of, say, Mexicans or Africans living on shores that aren't their own, they often get a different label:... More »

Mass Arrest Nabs Over 2K Immigrants

Some were linked to gang activity and aggravated felonies

(Newser) - Immigration and customs officers arrested more than 2,000 people last week in a sting targeting fugitive immigrants linked to criminal activities—including gang members and aggravated felons, CNN reports. Federal officials say the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency's nationwide sweep, dubbed "Cross Check," led to... More »

Here's What Migrant Children Are Fleeing

John Washington tells their harrowing stories

(Newser) - Central American child migrants at our borders travel through a "hellish gauntlet of kidnapping, extortion, murder, and rape" in Mexico, and then arrive in the US only to face " anti-children protests ," arrests, and brutal immigration policies, John Washington writes at Salon . What could prompt them to face... More »

Court Allows Undocumented Immigrant to Join Bar

Legal battle took longer than law school

(Newser) - You don't have to be an American citizen to be a lawyer in America, the California Supreme Court ruled today, in a case that NBC News believes could set a national precedent. The court ruled that Sergio Garcia (no, not that Sergio Garcia) must be admitted to the State... More »

Nazi Commander Found Living in Minnesota

AP tracks down SS veteran Michael Karkoc, whose unit massacred civilians

(Newser) - The AP has uncovered evidence that the commander of a Nazi SS unit has been living for decades in Minnesota, having lied about his wartime experience to immigration officials. Michael Karkoc, 94, led a unit accused of burning Ukrainian villages and slaughtering the civilians within, including women and children. And... More »

Now GOP Wants an Individual Mandate

... but only for undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - House Republicans drafting new immigration reforms are in talks over a rule that would require undocumented immigrants to buy their own health insurance before they can gain citizenship, reports Politico . It seems a surprising about-face from a party that has been so vehemently opposed to an individual mandate for citizens—... More »

Immigrant Kids Getting Alienated in School

Survey reveals bleak outlook for young newcomers: Marcelo and Carola Suárez-Orozco

(Newser) - Last week's Boston bombings underscore a pressing need in the US: It's time to step up our efforts to reach out to immigrant children, two education experts write in the New York Times . Their five-year study of kids ages 9 to 14 in Boston- and San Francisco-area public... More »

To Kill Immigration, Just Keep Making America Suck

We're not exactly the 'land of opportunity' these days: Alex Pareene

(Newser) - President Obama's plan to offer immunity to many young illegal immigrants "presents a quandary for the conservative movement," writes Alex Pareene on Salon : While most conservatives are opposed to immigration (yes, some of them are even opposed to the legal kind), they also recognize that they need... More »

Hate Crime Doubted in Iraqi Woman's Killing

Shaima Alawadi's family was in turmoil, Calif. records show

(Newser) - The brutal beating death of an Iraqi woman in California last month may not have been a hate crime at all, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune in a detailed look at search warrant records. Shaima Alawadi, 32, was planning to divorce husband Kassim Alhimidi and move to Texas, where her... More »

Iraqi Mother Brutally Beaten in California, Left With Note

Shaima Alawadi, Iraqi immigrant and mother of 5, died yesterday

(Newser) - With Florida—and the rest of America—still reeling over the Trayvon Martin case, another disturbing crime out of Southern California is making waves. A 32-year-old Iraqi immigrant was taken off life support yesterday, after being brutally beaten in her home on Wednesday morning and left beside a note reportedly... More »

At Perry Event, No Illegals Allowed

He hosted a town hall in New Hampshire

(Newser) - Rick Perry hosted a town hall at Granite State Manufacturing today. That happens to be in New Hampshire, which happens to be in America, so it follows that attendees should have to prove they're actually American citizens, right? AP reporter Steve Peoples tweeted , "At press check in for... More »

Daughter's 'Honor Killing' Hitting Arizona Court

Dad slammed car into 'Americanized' daughter: prosecutors

(Newser) - An Iraqi immigrant charged with slamming his car into his daughter in a shocking Arizona "honor killing" heads to court this month. Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 50, faces life in prison if convicted of killing his 20-year-old daughter, Noor, who refused an arranged marriage in Iraq and moved into her... More »

Immigrants, Learn to Speak German: Merkel

She says attempts to form a harmonious multicultural society have failed

(Newser) - Talk about a downer of a speech: German Chancellor Angela Merkel recounted yesterday how, in the 1960s, "our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country" ... but attempts to build "a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy... More »

'Man Who Divided Germany' Forced Out of Bank

Author steps down under "massive pressure"

(Newser) - The author of a new book that is critical of Muslim immigrants and speculated about a "specific gene" that "all Jews share" has resigned from the board of Germany's central bank, Bundesbank, under "massive pressure." Thilo Sarrazin, the " man who divided Germany ," resigned just... More »

These Days, Immigrants Keep, Cherish Their Names

Ellis Island white-washing a thing of the past

(Newser) - Our long-simmering great American Melting Pot may finally be ready to handle a little ethnic spice: Unlike in Ellis Island's heyday, when wave upon wave of tired, poor, huddled masses anglicized their names in order to assimilate, today's immigrants are sticking with their surnames. “For the most part, nobody... More »

France May Toss Out Polygamist Foreigners

Along with those who practice female genital mutilation

(Newser) - France’s Interior Minister wants immigrants to lose their citizenship if they practice polygamy or female genital mutilation or commit any other “serious wrongdoing.” This new punishment, which could be law by the end of the year, would apply to anyone with a foreign background, even if they... More »

Undocumented Harvard Student May Be Deported

Teen crossed border 15 years ago, says he'll fight to stay

(Newser) - A Harvard undergraduate who entered the US illegally as a 4-year-old is facing deportation after being detained at a Texas airport last week following a visit to his mother. "I’m very worried, to be honest," Eric Balderas, who just finished his freshman year and says he lost... More »

Sikh Completes Basic Training

Ends policy that effectively banned Sikhs

(Newser) - Cap. Tejdeep Singh Rattan yesterday became the first Sikh in a generation allowed to compete US army basic officer training without sacrificing the articles of his faith. He got a waiver from the Army to serve with unshorn hair and a turban, an exemption to a policy that has effectively... More »

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